Most colleges require either an SAT or ACT for admission, and roughly 30 to 40 highly selective colleges require 2 subject tests in addition to the SAT or ACT. Not all schools require standardized tests though. For a list of test optional schools, go to fairtest.org.
The ACT has become very popular on the East Coast in the past five years. Unlike the SAT, which is designed to measure reasoning and critical thinking skills, the ACT is designed to measure academic achievement in English, math, reading, and science. The ACT has an optional writing component for which students must register.
The SAT includes three sections: Verbal, Math and Writing. Each section is scored from 200–800 points. The Writing component has a student written essay that is scored from 1–6 points. The SAT is offered seven times per academic year.
SAT Subject Tests are hour-long exams in Literature, U.S. History, World History, Math, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, and a variety of languages. SAT Subject Tests are administered six times per academic year. Approximately 30 to 40 highly selective colleges require 2 subject tests in addition to the SAT or ACT, although many of these schools waive subject test requirements for ACT takers. To see which schools require subject tests, download the Application Requirements under the Member Colleges tab on www.commonapp.org
The CTO offers ACT and SAT test prep right on BHSEC's campus for Y1 students. Classes prepare students for the March SAT or the April ACT. Details (schedule, cost, financial aid, and registration) are announced in the fall of Year 1 by email and in advisories.
The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) is recommended for students with five years or less of English language usage.